Archives for February 2015

NSF Innovation Corps Site Program (I-Corps Site)

Innovation Corps Site Program (I-Corps Site) – we may submit no more than one (1) proposal.  The internal review deadlines we will be following to select the one proposal that will go forward are:


  • Intent to submit a proposal (PI name and Title of Proposal): Monday, March 9, 2015
  • Submission of 2-page white paper: Monday, March 30, 2015
  • Oral presentation of proposals: Week of April 6, 2015


There will not be an internal review if you are collaborating with another university, which will be serving as the lead.  However, I would appreciate you letting me know the name of the collaborative university and title of your proposal.


FYI, NSF’s deadline for receiving the full proposal is Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program (this program is the successor to the Integrated Graduate Research Traineeship (IGERT) program and the scope has been extended and broadened compared to the program launched in 2014) – we may submit up to three (3) proposals.  We may submit two Traineeship Track proposals and one Innovations in Graduate Education Track proposal. If we submit only one Traineeship Track proposal, it can be on either Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE) or another theme. If we submit two Traineeship Track proposals, at least one must be a DESE proposal. In either case (DESE or non-DESE), the traineeship theme of a Traineeship Track proposal must be interdisciplinary.

The internal review deadlines we will be following to select the three proposals that will go forward are:

Intent to submit a proposal (PI and co-PI names, Title of Proposal and Proposal Track Name): Monday, March 2, 2015

  • Submission of 2-page white paper: Monday, March 9, 2015
  • Oral presentation of proposals: Week of March 16, 2015

FYI, NSF’s deadlines are:

  • Letter of Intent (optional): Wednesday, March 25, 2015
  • Full Proposal: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Broader Impacts

ConnExt email invitation Mar 2-2015

February 2015

Friday, Feb 27, 2015     Friday, Feb 20, 2015     Friday, Feb. 13, 2015     Friday Feb 6, 2013

NSF webinar: Interactions of Food Systems with Water and Energy Systems

NSF announced a February 25 webinar to discuss in more detail the recent Dear Colleague letter on SEES: Interactions of Food Systems with Water and Energy Systems.  The Dear Colleague letter invites proposals for supplemental funding and to host conferences/ workshops in the interconnected areas of food, energy, and water.   Details on the webinar can be found here.

The original Dear Colleague can be found here.

NSF REU program in Computer Science

NSF recently announced supplemental funding for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) for existing Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) grantees.  CISE expects to provide up to $8,000 per student per year through the REU supplemental mechanism.  Grantees must submit requests by March 30, 2015.   See Link.

RE CAST Newsletter

Our University Transportation Center is a key part of the Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies and a campus bragging point. They have just released their newsletter RECAST. You can read that newsletter at this link.


Designation of Authority to Sign Research and IP Agreements

The Curators of the University of Missouri are the legal ownership entity of the University and inherently have the right to sign agreements and deals. They designate their power to contract and assign down to campus level for most things and allow the Chancellor to further specific senior staff to sign agreements in a way that legally is binding. As you may imagine this is all carefully thought through and published periodically.  Recently Missouri S&T has published such a letter for the authorities that are necessary for the proper administration of research and intellectual property matters.

You may read that letter here or inquire at OSP of ‘who gets to sign what’.DelegationofAuthority-IPandResearch


OBJECTIVE: This program is intended to increase interdisciplinary and intercampus (IDIC) research collaborations to leverage the intellectual capital and resources at the four University of Missouri campuses.

DESCRIPTION: Faculty are invited to submit short proposals requesting funding to seed the development of:

  • Proposals to be submitted to federal agencies for establishing centers, such as the NSF Science and Technology Center;
  • Research clusters to address the current 21st Century Grand Challenges; or
  • Other high impact research addressing significant national problems/priorities

Proposals must involve faculty from at least two UM campuses and from at least two different disciplines. Each campus may request up to $50,000 in a proposal; therefore, the maximum funding requested will be $200,000 if all four campuses are collaborating in a proposed study. Faculty may use their networks to identify collaborators on and this program is limited only to the four University of Missouri campuses.

A faculty member shall be named a principal investigator (PI) or co-principal investigator (co-PI) on only one (1) proposal in this competition. If a faculty member is named as a PI or co-PI in more than one proposal, then all proposals involving that faculty member will be returned without review and not considered for funding in this competition.

BUDGET: The funding shall be used to support undergraduate students, graduate students or post-doctoral fellows, materials and supplies, and travel between University of Missouri campuses and to research sites.

FUNDING: A total of up to $1M will be awarded with each campus receiving up to $250K. It is anticipated that 5 to 10 proposals will be funded.


  • Proposals Due: Friday, May 1, 2015
  • Award Notification: Tuesday, June 30, 2015
  • Award Period of Performance: August 1, 2015-August 31, 2016


Q&A Session on FAST TRACK Funding Program this Wednesday

We were all invited to the Technology Development Park (click here for directions) to explore further the details on the Fast Track funding program. (click here for more about Fast Track)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 12 noon to 1 pm in Technology Development Center Conference Room.